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By Tom McIntyre

July 15, 2010 Updated Jun 9, 2008 at 5:24 PM CDT

The American Cancer Society estimates that about 186,300 men will develop prostate cancer this year.
There are more new cases of prostate cancer than breast cancer.

More deaths as well.
Yet, prostate cancer remains a more hidden disease...men don't want to get examined for it, think about it, or talk about it.
But, News 25's Lee Ranson is talking about it.
Since he found out he had prostate cancer, he's allowed cameras to follow him through treatment.

Lee is being treated for his prostate cancer at Methodist Medical center.
He and his wife, Bev, meet with his physician, Dr. Roby Lal, to go over plans for his treatment.
Lee has chosen to treat his cancer with radiation, which holds the promise of being as effect as surgery, with fewer side effects.

"During the treatment, you're not going to hear anything, you're not going to feel anything. There's no pain".
What there will be is a lot of planning and measuring.
That's because Methodist's new Image–Guided radiation treatment uses higher levels of radiation than previous treatments.
It must be very precisely aimed at the prostate....and to do that multiple images of the target area are taken.
The TomoTherapy device then shoots radiation at the prostate from 360–degrees..
"And as the table translates through the torque of the machine, it's a spiral effect..."
"So you're getting it from every angle?"
"Every conceivable angle...and from every conceivable angle you're also sparing the normal tissue structure".
"And with this new image guidance approach, we're going to image that target—the prostate—every day," said Dr. Lal.
That's every day for the next two months. And, the doctor says, Lee will be feeling the side effects...fatigue among them....although those effects are less using the TomoTherapy machine.
What we're seeing is that the side effects come later in the treatment...weeks later...when the treatment is almost over.
If Dr. Lal seems enthusiastic about the device –he admits that's true.
"It's fun to have the big toys. But the rewarding thing, you see this on the news, is to bring this technology to the clinic. This is very rewarding as a scientists, as a clinician, a physician."

We'll continue to follow Lee through his treatment.
We have more information about prostate cancer at week.com.